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Euro 2020 and Wimbledon Matches Used as Pilot Events for New “NHS Covid Pass”

A new “NHS Covid Pass”, showing a user’s vaccine status, as well as recent test results, will be piloted at upcoming Euro 2020 and Wimbledon matches and could later be introduced at a range of other sport and entertainment events, despite the Government deciding against making Covid status certificates compulsory for attendance at mass gatherings. The Mail has the story.

The existing NHS App, which already provides details of a person’s vaccinations, has been modified so that there is an option to enter Covid test results.

Those who have not been double-jabbed will be able to do a lateral flow test at home and then log it on the app. Spot checks will be performed on a small number of spectators arriving at grounds to show they are being truthful about their negative result.

A Whitehall source said… “The NHS Covid Pass will help us to safely unlock capacity crowds at the Euros and Wimbledon and hopefully deliver a fantastic summer of sporting success.” …

Wimbledon and Euro 2020 matches will be used as pilot events as ministers consider whether the NHS Covid Pass should be used more widely.

The Government has ruled out making it compulsory for venues to make people share their coronavirus status. Instead, they are concentrating on giving organisers the option of asking fans to use the NHS Covid Pass so big sporting events can go ahead safely.

All courts at Wimbledon will operate at 50% capacity for most of the tournament, which kicks off in less than two weeks.

Both [only!] the women’s singles final on July 10th and the men’s singles final on July 11th are set to be played in front of full capacity crowds.

Worth reading in full.

Wembley Will Still Have Euros Crowds of at Least 22,500 But Fan Zones In Doubt

Wembley stadium will still let in 22,500 fans even if Freedom Day is delayed, but pubs will struggle if they’re not allowed to open for the entirety of the Euros. MailOnline has more.

Euro 2020 matches at Wembley will be exempt from lockdown rules and will host a minimum of 22,500 fans even if Freedom Day is delayed.

Discussions have taken place in government over allowing more fans to attend the two round of 16 games, as well as the semi-finals and finals, up to 45,000.

But sources told Sportsmail on Friday no agreement had been reached on the capacities for the knock out stages.

It comes as pubs called for a cash bailout if Freedom Day is moved back and they have to work under restrictions during the football.

UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said “It’s vital further financial support is forthcoming” because “major sporting occasions always offer bumper sales”.

Meanwhile an official claimed the 3,000-strong fan zone in Glasgow will be one of the safest places to watch the tournament.

Chris Weitz, senior sport development officer at Glasgow Life, said he is confident it will be a safe environment.

But the London Assembly refused to be drawn on whether the official fan park in Trafalgar Square will go ahead.

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